you can get put out for anything if it makes you feel better to do so, the spinal tap is not how it use to be, your back is numb all you normally feel is pressure unless they hit nerve/spine, you might jump, ive heard the worst part is recovering, sickness,headaches and nausea occur for hours after the procedure, i understand your feeling, sounds alot worse then it actually is though, talk it over with the doctor performing the spinal tap, hope everything turns out ok
laurie, ask your neuro if you can be sedated. i guess they can,but i dont know how when i had my spinal tap i was told to lay on my side and i had to hold myself in the fetal position it seemed like hours.the only thing i noticed is the iniatal time i felt a little pressure when he got in the spinal column no pain just lika a quick spasm as if someone was testing your hitting you below the knees with that instrument the neuro uses to take your reflexes thats all.i had no bad recovery time.i had no problems at all. i listened to what my neuro said about resting afterwards.and after resting 24 hours i went to work the next day with no problems. i have to say i was so scared when at the time to do that test. but my fears were unfounded. what kept me going was the fact is that i wanted an answer.
When I had my spinal tap it was guided by fluoroscopy. They had me get into this contraption standing up, and then laid the table down so I was laying on my stomach and then they bent the table until my legs were in the right position. I didn't have to do anything. I didn't have to hold myself in the fetal position. Also, if you want to be sedated I don't see why THEY can't hold you in the fetal position! Isn't that what the nurses and technicians are there for?
Laurie, maybe a spinal tap would be different from an Epidural Injection, because isntead of giving you an injection they are taking fluid out. But I am just speculating.
Also, I don't see why they can't give you anesthesia even though it is a very short procedure. I have been for a colonoscopy and an endoscopy and even though neither test takes more than 15 minutes, I was totally knocked out. My parents have said that they have gone for tests where they have been given "conscious sedation" - in other words, they weren't put completely to sleep, but were given enough demarol and valium to put them into la-la land.
Don't let the fear of the needle stop you from getting the test. You need to find out if you have MS. The worst part of the test for me was the pressure that I felt. It felt like one huge period cramp. But I barely felt the needle go in (they usually numb the area pretty well first with smaller needles.)
From what I understand, you can have a twilight medication but not be out entirely. I have been investigating this myself as it is one thing that I am terrified of. Your notes about the improvement in this proceedure makes me feel better.